Rev. Nabil Nour of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hartford, SD joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Hebrews 9:1-10.
The author brings us back to the Tabernacle to show us Christ. As it has been said, “The Old Testament concealed—New Testament revealed.” Jesus says “I am the bread of life”, “I am the Light of the World”, “the temple”, and “this is my body and blood.” We hear these words and better understand that the bread of presence, the washings, the lampstand, the mercy seat, the sacrifices by the High priest IS CHRIST. The rituals of the Jewish people were pointing to Christ, but they did not give a clear conscience. It is only by Christ’s work & sacrifice where a worshiper receives full peace. “Lord God, the Prince of Peace, grant us Your peace as we see all the washings, sacrifices, buildings, and rituals knowing that You have done all the work of our salvation and still takes care of us. In Christ, Amen”
Thy Strong Word reveals the light of our salvation in Christ through study of God’s Word, breaking our darkness with His redeeming light. Each weekday, two pastors fix our eyes on Jesus by considering Holy Scripture, verse by verse, in order to be strengthened in the Word and be equipped to faithfully serve in our daily vocations.
Thy Strong Word is hosted by Rev. Brady Finnern, pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Sartell, MN, and graciously underwritten by the Lutheran Heritage Foundation.
The Earthly Holy Place
9 Now even the first covenant had regulations for worship and an earthly place of holiness. 2 For a tent[a] was prepared, the first section, in which were the lampstand and the table and the bread of the Presence.[b] It is called the Holy Place. 3 Behind the second curtain was a second section[c] called the Most Holy Place, 4 having the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron’s staff that budded, and the tablets of the covenant. 5 Above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail.
6 These preparations having thus been made, the priests go regularly into the first section, performing their ritual duties, 7 but into the second only the high priest goes, and he but once a year, and not without taking blood, which he offers for himself and for the unintentional sins of the people. 8 By this the Holy Spirit indicates that the way into the holy places is not yet opened as long as the first section is still standing 9 (which is symbolic for the present age).[d] According to this arrangement, gifts and sacrifices are offered that cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper, 10 but deal only with food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until the time of reformation.
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